Source : Consumer Council
Published on 25 August 2011 09:00 AM
The Consumer Council has called for four key actions following today’s announcement from Power NI that an 18.6 per cent electricity price rise will take effect from 1 October.
Describing it as a massive blow for consumers coming into winter, the Consumer Council has called on the NI Executive to take practical steps to address the problem.
Speaking about the impact of today’s price rise announcement, Consumer Council Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown said: “This increase will mean that Power NI customers’ bills will rise, on average, by £92 per year to £588. Overall, it will mean that the majority of households in Northern Ireland will have an energy bill of £2,114 per year. This is around £900 a year more than households in Great Britain, most of which rely on gas for heating.
“The Consumer Council is committed to doing everything we can to support energy consumers in Northern Ireland. In the last year we have:
“This latest price increase from Power NI will make it even harder for households to heat and power their homes and for businesses to survive in this uncertain economic climate,” continued Antoinette. “This price hike comes at a time when household budgets are already extremely tight due to the rising cost of everyday essentials such as fuel, food and insurance.
“Energy is a global issue which is driven by volatile international markets but there are practical interventions that the Northern Ireland Executive can take. The Executive therefore has the responsibility to examine the cost of energy in Northern Ireland before it becomes simply unaffordable for the vast majority of households and businesses here.”
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